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Riviera degli olivi

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"Riviera degli olivi" is the name of the east side of the lake: 50 km of beautiful and varied countryside due to a succession of coves and small bays and villages and castles embedded in an environment characterized by the consistent presence of olive trees and other Mediterranean plants. In the north , Mount Baldo , a genuine "Garden of Europe", dominates the lake and forms a natural boundary, in the south, where the morainic hills give it shape of an amphitheatre, the lake broadens to rensemble a sea: the area enjoys a particularly mild climate and is steeped in ancient tradition. In addition to its historic, cultural and culinary attractions the northern part of the Olive Riviera offers sailing facilities as well as facilities for newer sports, such as mountain-biking and paragliding. Bocca Trades Pin, at a height of 1.780 m, can easily be reached from Malcesine by cable car in a mere 20 minutes. From Bocca Trades Pin you can venture along many nature trails on interesting hiking trips. Mount Baldo offers a spectacular view of the small townships and villages of the northern part of the lake: Malcesine with its Scaliger castle on the lake shore, the historic centre with its narrow cobbled streets and the Palazzo dei Capitani (a mansion in Venetian style). Continuing south you come to Cassone, a small village on the Aril, the shortest river in the world (172 m). In quick succession follow: the Borough of Brenzone and its outlying villages such as Assenza with the Palazzo of the Spolverini Family and the small 13th century church, Porto, Magugnano with the parish church of San Giovanni, Marniga, Castelletto with its Romanesque church of San Zeno (12th century) and others scattered around the coutryside, such as Sommavilla, Pozzo, Borago, Castello, Zignano. Further south there is Pai and then Torri del Benaco with its Scaliger castle and the church of SS. Trinita, known for its 14th century frescoes; in nearby Brancolino-Bre, continuing along the route, you come past some stone engravings and then to Punta San Vigilio, where the lake basin broadens. Beyond this enchanting point, known as the Baia delle Sirene (Siren Bay), the famous Rocca (a rock-face) resides over the Gulf of Garda. From Garda and its historic centre with its Renaissance "palazzi" (Fregoso, dei Capitani, Carlotti con la Losa), villas (villa and park of the Albertini Family, Villa Canossa) and the cloister of the parish church of Santa Maria, you climb up towards Costermano (a German military cemetary, Villa Becelli, park and villa of the Pellegrini Family in Castion, the 15th century Madonna del Soccorso in Marciaga), Caprino (Palazzo Carlotti, the 12th century church of Santa Cristina in Ceredello) with its elegant and noble villas (Nichesola, Bevilacqua, Beccherle) and its medieval nuclei Vilmezzano, Braga, Pradonega and Carrara in Pesina. The plain of Caprino is the ideal starting point for a brief ascent to the eastern and southern points of interest on Mount Baldo. Passing through Castion you continue your climb to San Zeno di Montagna with its breathtaking view at 600 m above the lake, from there you move on to the villages of Prada (ski-lift station) and Lumini; from Caprino you continue towards Spiazzi (Madonna della Corona) and following the road you come to Graziani a Ferrara del Monte Baldo at 856 m above the lake (the highest situated and inhabited village of Mount Baldo). Continuing in this direction you come to a botanical garden in Malga Novezzi and from there, continuing on foot, you can reach the highest peaks of Mount Baldo. From this vantage point you can enjoy a magnificent view of the southern part of the lake; beyond la Rocca di Garda, Bardolino is visible; Bardolino is famous for its wine of the same name and its origins go back to ancient times; there you can admire its medieval remnants and Romanesque churches such as San Zeno (9th century), San Severo and the parish church of Santa Maria in Cisano (12th century). Continuing south along the lake shore of Lazise with its Scaliger castle, its Veneto Customs and Excise House and its small Romanesque church of San Nicol, through the village of Pacengo with its residential villas (Alberti, Camuzzoni,De Bonis, Brenzoni) and the Caneva Waterpark as well as the Gardaland Amusement Park you come to Peschiera, the southern most point of the Olive Riviera - a township of ancient origins with impressive fortified bastions and a historic mansion.

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